Craig briefs: Museum to honor Janet Gerber’s retirement |

Craig briefs: Museum to honor Janet Gerber’s retirement

The Museum of Northwest Colorado will host a retirement party for the museum's assistant director, Janet Gerber, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4 at the museum. The museum's staff welcomes the public to stop by to honor her for her hard work and share good stories, laughter and refreshments. For more information, call 970-824-6360.

Agency warns about holiday charity scamsAgency warns about holiday charity scams

Agency warns about holiday charity scams

The holidays are a popular time to give thanks for blessings and recognize there are others less fortunate, stated the Department of Regulatory Agencies in a news release.

While many legitimate charities and nonprofits see an influx of donations this time of year, unfortunately, it also means those in the regulatory business see more reports of bogus charities that scam innocent do-gooders as well as truly needy recipients out of donations.

DORA encourages residents to review seven tips to help ensure donations go to a truly worthy cause.

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■ Do your homework, especially if you have been contacted directly by a charity. Make sure you search them online. Run a search for "complaints" along with the non-profit name to see if there have been any reports of fraudulent behavior.

■ Never send cash or wire money to a charity. If they ask you to contribute in this way, it should raise a red flag.

■ Never send a donation to a nonprofit claiming you'll be entered into a sweepstakes. It is prohibited by law to require a donation in order to make someone eligible for a prize.

■ Be particularly wary of charities that follow headline-making news. In times of crisis, it's better to give to established charities that will be accountable for what they do with donations.

■ Take time to think about your donation. If someone is putting pressure on you to give right now, it's best to walk away and tell them you'll do research before giving. This can be particularly difficult with door-to-door solicitors, but ask them for a pamphlet and a way to contact them later.

■ Never give your financial information to a person or charity before thoroughly vetting and establishing the legitimacy of the organization.

■ If you think you've been contacted by or have given money to a fraudulent charity operation, make sure you file a report. DORA can provide resources to make a report, or you can contact the Colorado Attorney General's Office.

The Division of Securities can be contacted at 303-894-2320 or at

Retail gasoline prices continue to fall in stateRetail gasoline prices continue to fall in state

Retail gasoline prices continue to fall in state

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen one cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.86 per gallon Monday, according to the gasoline price website gasbud's daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That compares with the national average that has not moved in the past week to $2 per gallon, according to

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Monday were 33.3 cents per gallon less than the same day one year ago and six cents per gallon lower than one month ago. The national average has decreased 4.2 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 28.2 cents per gallon less than one year ago.

"As the majority of the United States is still experiencing falling retail gas prices, California and the Great Lakes states are buoying the national average, keeping it from dropping further below $2 per gallon," Will Speer, a Houston-based senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy, said in a statement. "After a healthy 5.9 million barrel draw in domestic crude stocks, crude futures markets responded with gains in the price of West Texas Intermediate crude."

For a complete listing of current averages and other fuel price data, visit For fuel news and alerts, follow @gasbuddynews on Twitter.

Coffee and Newspaper to host elected officialsCoffee and Newspaper to host elected officials

Coffee and Newspaper to host elected officials

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper on Jan. 6. The Daily Press is inviting city council members and Moffat County commissioners to speak with newspaper representatives about how the paper can better cover government. Free coffee and pastries will be served. For more information, call 970-875-1788.

Indoor pickleball space available to local seniorsIndoor pickleball space available to local seniors

Indoor pickleball space available to local seniors

The Senior Social Center now has an indoor place to play pickleball for the winter. Pickleball is now being played indoors from 8 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40 in Craig. Inquire at the front desk. For more information, email Sue Eschen at

Wildlife zones remain in Northwest Colorado Wildlife zones remain in Northwest Colorado

Wildlife zones remain in Northwest Colorado

According to a news release, the Colorado Department of Transportation traffic met with local law enforcement in Rio Blanco, Moffat and Garfield counties and Colorado State Patrol and will keep several wildlife zones intact on Colorado Highway 13, U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 82. Moving forward, the zones will maintain the fines doubled signage but eliminate the nighttime speed limits in the two zones that have them, stated the news release. The following zones are being maintained.

■ Colo. 13 mile point 28 to 38.81.

■ Colo. 13 mile point 58 to 68.

■ Colo. 13 mile point 68 to 88.

■ U.S. 40 mile point 93 to 103.

■ Colo. 82 mile point 31 to 36.

Wildlife zones came to fruition after a study was conducted from April 2010 through May 2012 based on House Bill 10-1238, which directed CDOT to establish roadways with doubled fines for speeding in designated wildlife crossing zones, with certain corridors also posting lowered nighttime speed limits. In October 2014, a final report was issued, and the data showed an overall wildlife versus vehicle collision decrease of 9 percent in wildlife zones.